(Saturday) August 6, 6pm, UH Maui College, Kahului; free
For anyone unlucky enough to be standing in the Japanese city of Hiroshima at 8:15 in the morning local time on Aug. 6, 1945, it would have seemed as though the atmosphere suddenly turned to fire. One instant there was a modern urban center, untouched by American bombers, and the next it was ruin and flame. Nearly 100,000 people ultimately lost their lives in the radioactive inferno let loose by the world’s first atomic bomb, dropped for reasons that historians now tell us had less to do with Japan than with the Soviet Union. But no matter: we now live in an atomic world, in which power generators and explosives powered by the splitting of atoms hang over us, which means the 66th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima is as good a time as any to talk about nuclear issues and problems. Sponsored by Maui Peace Action, the UH Maui College Peace Club and a coalition of local churches, this event at the UH Maui College’s Pilina Multi Purpose Room looks at the nuclear question in a variety of ways. There’s a talk by physics teacher/activist Lynda Williams on the threat posed by radiation in all its forms. Then Yumiko Nishimoto who will tell what it was like to evacuate from tsunami-ravaged Fukushima in the midst of a nuclear catastrophe at that city’s reactor. There’s also going to be dancing by Akari Ueoka and the Maui Izanai-Yosakoi Dancers, as well as origami crane making, Koto music by Mike Inaba and Koko Walbee and some Maui Taiko drumming thrown in. 878-8015.